Journalism BA

Journalism fosters critical thinking, research and communication skills and addresses the social, ethical and legal contexts in the age of information.

Overview

This exciting interdisciplinary program will teach you to gather, write, edit, package and produce the news for print and digital platforms. You'll also explore the forces that shape television and radio news — and the demands of writing news in broadcast style.

All students are required to participate in an internship before they graduate and study in another field to broaden their breadth of knowledge. We offer a network of internships and co-ops with numerous large- and small-market media outlets. Gain experience at student-run campus media (The Oswegonian, WNYO-FM and WTOP-TV) or on-campus National Public Radio affiliate WRVO. Our Hollywood POV program takes you to the West Coast media capital to learn about, and connect with alumni working in major entertainment and news operations.

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts

Outcomes

  • Know how to identify and interview relevant and reliable sources for journalistic stories
  • Research and analyze relevant data and information to be used in journalistic stories
  • Write clear, interesting and informative news stories
  • Apply Associated Press (AP) style in all media writing
  • Choose to act in professional and ethical ways as outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics

Career Opportunities

  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • News director
  • Editorial writer
  • Columnist
  • Digital content producer
  • Technical, science or medical writer

The Communication Studies Department is very social. They have given me opportunities to connect with my peers and to voice my opinions. Through them I have had the opportunity to be a comm ambassador and sit on other committees.

My internships have given me more hands-on experience. I'm not only sitting in a classroom, but I am able to be active and travel within my own campus and community to get work done.

My favorite part of being a journalism major is the freedom to do what I want with my future degree. I have always had a passion for travel and ever since fourth grade, I have known that I want to be a travel journalist and that is what I intend to do with my major.

Program Resources

Internships

Learn what it's like to work in a professional setting while still in school.

Co-Ops

Apply for this full-time, paid integrated learning experience that allows you to gain hands on experience in a professional environment.

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